Two big topics are dominating today’s gaming press. Google has now officially signed a deal to acquire Twitch, the popular game live-streaming website, and Bioware released a short teaser for a yet unannounced horror title. On top of that, Destiny beta is opening its doors to everyone who has a console online subscription, and LittleBigPlanet 3 developers will be inviting members of their community to test the upcoming title as well. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 25, 2014.
Google acquires Twitch
The impending deal rumored before has finally came to fruition today, according to the Venture Beat report. Google agreed to pay $1 billion to acquire the video streaming company Twitch, which created a website where users can broadcast their gaming playthroughs live. It is especially popular for sharing and watching high-stakes gaming tournaments and is also being integrated directly into Nvidia’s upcoming tablet. The deal is not surprising given that Google already owns YouTube, the biggest video sharing website. Many Twitch users have been speculating and worrying about the deal, fearing that some of the restrictions of YouTube (such as blocking videos containing unlicensed music tracks) could spill over to the platform. However, it is not clear which direction the company will take since neither Google nor Twitch issued a comment yet.
Destiny beta open to all
Shortly after launching the beta on XBox One, Bungie has now opened the program to anyone owning a current or next-gen Playstation and XBox, as well as a valid online subscription The move is intended to stress-test the servers and estimate how well the game can cope with a large player-base it is designed for. Those playing this Saturday will also be rewarded with a special in-game emblem for helping. The full game is scheduled to be released in September.
LittleBigPlanet 3 private beta launches next month
Those growing tired of the shooting action of Destiny might have a chance to take a break in the world of cuddly platform-jumping puppets. The Media Molecule community manager announced that the private beta for the third installment of LittleBigPlanet series will be launching in August. A small number of players have been hand-picked from the community to receive the invites, which will be sent via private messages on the game’s fan forums. The title has been first revealed during this year’s E3 conference and is currently schedule for release on both the Playstation 3 and 4 this November.
Bioware teases new horror game
The triple-A developer mostly known for its long line of role-playing games has just released a brief, spooky teaser for a yet unannounced title. The video features some chilling visuals and unnerving effects, ending in a question “What really happens when we sleep?” Bioware is most known for titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, all featuring expansive worlds with deep, branching storylines and intricate dialogues. If Bioware can transpose these qualities into the realm of a psychological horror, as the teaser suggests, their next title might be a nightmarishly amazing experience.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: Guardian Liberty Voice Daily Digest for July 24, 2014)
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: Guardian Liberty Voice Daily Digest for July 23, 2014)
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: Guardian Liberty Voice Daily Digest for July 22, 2014)